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DP Ruto on the spot as Kenei’s father demands justice over his son’s death

Deputy President William Ruto has been put on the spot by the late Kipyegon Kenei’s father, John Chesang following the death of his son.

Kipyegon Kenei, a sergeant who was working at Deputy President William Ruto’s office was found dead at his house in Nairobi’s Villa Franca estate on February 21, 2020.

During an interview with KTN News on Sunday, April 11, 2021, Chesang claimed that despite making promises to the family ahead of Kenei’s burial, Ruto has stayed mute over the murder case of Kenei.

He also questioned the DP’s motives following his claims that his life was in danger at the time of Kenei’s death during the burial ceremony of sergeant Kenei .

The family further took issues with Ruto’s constant criticism of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) over the matter. 

“Since then, no action has been taken and we have not communicated in any form whatsoever. We, the family, were expecting to see him (Ruto) because he had claimed that he would have been the target instead of Kenei. What action has he taken?

“He was also blaming the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations). Why has he not informed us of any other entity he is using to carry out the investigations? He does not want DCI and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations), what does he want?” Chesang Questioned.

Kenei’s father wondered why the the second in command has suddenly abandoned them despite their son having worked in his office for over seven years.

“We just see him go about his business. We are truly hurt. Our son worked in that office for seven and a half years. Why has the office not given him any respect?” he added.

According to his father, Kenei had unsuccessfully attempted to seek transfer from the DP’s office twice after suspecting divisions among his colleagues.

“He tried to leave the office twice. There was no bad blood. Only because he was from the Tugen tribe while the rest were Nandi. He was not let out that often, and never got equal allowances. If he had been allowed to leave, this death would have been avoided,” Chesang noted.

Before his death, Sergent Kenei was to record a statement in connection to the fake Ksh.40 billion arms deal.

However, after his death, Chesang revealed that he was contacted by a high-ranking leader who informed him that Kenei had been warned that without recording a statement, he would be killed.

Reports had indicated that Kenei was on duty at the Harambee House Annex office when embattled former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa walked in accompanied by two foreigners to sign the infamous Ksh. 40 billion fake arms tender. 

After his burial in March 2020, no updates has been issued either by the DCI or any other investigative agencies todate.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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